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Chairman Scott Praises Biden-Harris Administration for Preserving Access to School Meals

06.11.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration withdrew a Trump-era proposal that would have terminated automatic eligibility for free school meals for roughly 1 million students. "When the Trump Administration first proposed denying 1 million children automatic eligibility for free school meals, I raised awareness of the severe impact of this rule and called on the Administration to abandon its counterproductive prop… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on USDA Announcement on School Meal Eligibility Waivers

04.20.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement USDA's announcement that they plan to extend eligibility waivers for the school meals programs. "School meal programs are one of our most powerful tools to prevent child hunger and support struggling families. I am encouraged by USDA's announcement to continue to allow schools the flexibility they need to feed hungry students during this pandemic. However, USDA only has so much authority to expand access to … Continue Reading


Adams, Scott Introduce CARE for Families Act During Black Maternal Health Week

04.16.21   WASHINGTON- Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, and House Committee on Education & Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced the Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Families Act today. The CARE for Families Act will help improve maternal and infant health outcomes by strengthening partnerships between health care providers and local nutrition services. A copy of the bill is available here. "We have an unaccep… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Biden Plan to Increase Food Assistance During Pandemic

01.22.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden administration announced a plan to increase benefits under the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program by 15 percent. The program provides additional funding for struggling families with children who cannot access free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has created a devastating nationwide hunger crisis that is affecting one in eight Amer… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Responds to USDA Proposal to Resurrect Overturned Child Nutrition Rule

11.25.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture re-proposed a rule to weaken standards in child nutrition programs: "As more than a quarter of our nation's households with children head into the Thanksgiving holiday struggling to put food on the table, the Department of Agriculture's rule to undermine nutrition standards for child nutrition programs will only make it harder for childr… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Demands Answers from USDA Distributors Pushing Religious Activity onto People Seeking Food Boxes

10.08.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) demanded answers from Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Perdue about a troubling report that some faith-based organizations participating in the Farmers to Families Food Box program, which has already been plagued by mismanagement, are subjecting participants to unsolicited religious activity. The reports include instances of faith-based organizations placing religious messages in food boxes, directi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Key Child Nutrition Provisions in Continuing Resolution

09.22.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the final text of the Continuing Resolution, which extended and expanded key child nutrition measures. "The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered several parallel crises for communities and industries across this country, but few are as urgent as the current child hunger crisis. Despite the two substantial COVID-19 relief packages that Congress passed in the early weeks of the pandemic, as many as 17… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds USDA’s Reversal on School Meal Waivers

08.31.20   WASHINGTON -Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s decision to extend waivers allowing states and schools the flexibility to more easily operate emergency summer meal programs until December 31, 2020. The announcement came days after USDA told Congress that it did not have the authority or money to extend the waivers. "After a summer in which as many as 17 million children went hungry, the federal govern… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Stabenow Denounce USDA Inaction to Provide School Meals to Children

08.26.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse its decision and take action to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. "The Department's refusal to extend all school meal waivers is inconsistent and baffling during this national crisis, especially consi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: USDA Refusal to Extend Waivers Will Increase Child Hunger

08.20.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue stating that the Department will not extend waivers that allowed states and schools to more seamlessly operate emergency summer meal programs. The waivers - which expire at the end of August - allow schools to locate food service sites in more accessible locations and serve all children, regardless of paperwork. "… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Stabenow Urge USDA to Take Action to Provide School Meals to Children in Need

08.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use its full authority to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. In the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Congress granted authority to the USDA to provide w… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Calls for Extension of Pandemic Food Assistance Program

07.31.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement calling for the extension of the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program, which provides additional funding for struggling families with children who cannot access free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Yesterday, a Brookings Institution study found that P-EBT, which Congress passed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, prevented at least 2.7 million children from going hungry in the week… Continue Reading


Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act: What People Are Saying

07.30.20   WASHINGTON - The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act is House Democrats' plan to expand access to free school meals for all children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prevent the collapse of school nutrition programs. Here's what the nation's leading anti-hunger and child nutrition organizations are saying about the bill. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): "The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that school meals are as important to learning as textbooks and pencils. In the… Continue Reading


Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act: What People Are Saying

07.30.20   WASHINGTON - The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act is House Democrats' plan to expand access to free school meals for all children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prevent the collapse of school nutrition programs. Here's what the nation's leading anti-hunger and child nutrition organizations are saying about the bill. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): "The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that school meals are as important to learning as textbooks and pencils. In the… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Introduces Bill to Provide Free School Meals to All Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

07.30.20   WASHINGTON - Today, House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) introduced legislation to make all students eligible for free school meals during the 2020-2021 school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act would allow all children to access breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snack programs either in school or through "grab and go" and delivery options. The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act is co-led by Rep. Marc… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats to USDA: Do Not Undermine Child Nutrition Standards

04.22.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee Democrats sent a comment letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rescind parts of a proposed rule that reverse science-based nutrition standards for child nutrition programs. The Department's proposal, which was published January 23, 2020, would cut back on the required daily servings of fruits and required variety of vegetables, increase access to sugary desserts, and create a major loophole allowing schools to … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Proposed Rollback of School Nutrition Standards

01.17.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to reverse nutrition standards for school meals. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule threatens the progress we've made toward improving nutrition in schools. The nutrition standards developed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act were specifically designed to align with evidence-based dietary guidelines. By reversing those standard… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on the Farm Bill

04.12.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after House Republicans released text of their Farm bill. "The Republicans' newly released Farm Bill is the latest attack on the economic security of American families and workers. The proposed changes to SNAP, including punitive work requirements, would put food out of reach for many. Because SNAP is tied to eligibility for other vital federal programs, the proposed changes to SNAP will keep families from accessin… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Death of Bill Goodling, Former Chair of Ed & Workforce Committee

09.19.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the death of former Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Goodling, who served as chair of the Education and Workforce Committee from 1995-2001: "It is with sadness that I note the passing of former Congressman Bill Goodling, who I had the privilege of serving with on the Committee. He was a tireless advocate for education, particularly on issues of literacy and child nutrition. While we sat on different sides of the p… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

05.08.17   WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), along with Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced bipartisan companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit schools from discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have eno… Continue Reading

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